David H. Mason
|David H. Mason|
|United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||George Stillman Hillard|
|Succeeded by||George P. Sanger|
March 17, 1818|
Sullivan, New Hampshire
|Died||May 20, 1873
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Wilson White|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College
Harvard Law School
David Haven Mason (March 17, 1818 – May 20, 1873) was an American attorney and Republican politician from Newton, Massachusetts, who served on the Massachusetts Board of Education, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and later as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1870 until his death in 1873.
Mason was born on March 17, 1818 in Sullivan, New Hampshire, to John and Mary (Haven) Mason. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1841 and studied at law in Lancaster, New Hampshire, Boston, Massachusetts, and Harvard Law School.
Mason was admitted to the Suffolk County bar in 1843 and began practicing in Boston. Lacking family or personal wealth, Mason was left with only twenty-five cents after securing his office and purchasing office furniture and law books. He was eventually able to establish a successful practice.
In 1848 he moved from Boston to Newton, Massachusetts, where he lived for the rest of his life.
Mason represented Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1863, 1866 and 1867. In the House he was a leading proponent of the leveling of Boston's Fort Hill, the merger of the Western Railroad and the Boston and Worcester Railroad, and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
From 1864 to 1870 Mason was a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. On December 22, 1870, he was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts by President Ulysses S. Grant.
- Edward Haven Mason (1849–1917), an attorney and philatelist
- Elizabeth Amelia White Mason (1853–1864)
- Harry White Mason (1857–1929), an attorney
- Frank A. Mason (1862–1940), an attorney and the first full-time football coach at Harvard University.
- Mabel White (Mason) Mowton (1867–1931)
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- Smith, Samuel Francis (1880). History of Newton, Massachusetts: town and city, from its earliest settlement to the present time, 1630–1880. American Logotype Co. pp. 787–790.
- "Mason-Rice Elementary School". Mason-Rice Elementary School. Mason-Rice Elementary School. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Seward, Josiah Lafayette (1921). "Family of John Mason". A History of the Town of Sullivan, New Hampshire, 1777–1917 2: 1128–1131. Retrieved 13 October 2011.